By Ben Brown
We do a lot of Tourette-pride talk on the podcast, but it's true that sometimes it just sucks. In my case, a longstanding tic of constant ear-popping brings headaches, and my neck-tensing tic doubles them. The very base of my spine is impacted by a tic that strains the area. My breath-stuttering tic inflames my asthma and makes exercise a seriously bad deal some days. And, lately, I’ve got a couple dental tics that would give *Paul Revere either nightmares or golden visions of Continental currency. Point is, these tics wreck me.
"I have said it before, I’ll say it again, and probably 100 more times: Tourette’s is more than tics," wrote tourettespodcast.com past contributor Brittney Hooker in the latest from her Tic Talk blog. "It is more than what people see on the surface, and sometimes, even more than what they may observe about your comorbidities.
"Sometimes Tourette’s is straight up painful," she wrote.
*Revere was briefly a dentist and sold artificial teeth.